CINCINNATI -- His meeting with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred was cordial, but Pete Rose isn't saying much else about it.
Rose told WCPO on Wednesday night that both he and Manfred agreed to stay quiet about their secret September meeting, where Rose made his case for reinstatement.
"You don't know which way to read anything," Rose said. "All I knew is I was truthful to him, and he asked a lot of questions, and I had a lot of answers. We got along good, I thought."
He was in town Wednesday for a question-and-answer session with Reds season ticket holders.
As WCPO previously reported, Rose expects to know by the end of this year if Manfred will grant him reinstatement. But nobody really thinks Manfred, relatively new to the job, will do that, no matter what went on during what was likely a two-hour grilling at MLB's offices in Manhattan.
If Manfred's going to have some kind of consolation prize for Rose -- like the opportunity to get his name on the Hall of Fame ballot before he dies -- the biggest question on the commissioner's mind will be whether Rose was truthful, as he told WCPO he was.
Commissioner Bart Giamatti banned the Reds great in 1989 after baseball investigator John Dowd's report concluded that he gambled on the Reds and other baseball games. Rose denied it for 15 years until 2004, when he admitted it in his autobiography.